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Kasper Staub: Slow Music for Fast Times

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Pianist Kasper Staub entered the Danish jazz scene with his trio back in 2012 when he released the album / . The music was just as sparse as the title and introduced a fragile, airy sound, with simple melancholy melodies that were quite unlike anything on the Danish jazz scene at that time. Since then, Staub ...

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12 Points Festival 2017

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12 Points Festival
Aarhus, Denmark
July 16-18, 2017

The program selection of 12 Points Festival organized by Irish Improvised Music Company gives an indication what's next, what might be strong groups in the near future based on a clear concept of artistic identity/ development, an intense and neat observation of young musicians/groups ...

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Alex Jønsson: Heart Of Gold: Live In Aarhus

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Recorded live at a living room concert, Heart of Gold presents an intimate portrait of Danish guitarist/composer Alex Jønsson and his trio. The title tune opens the set: it's not the well known Neil Young song, but it does have an Americana tinge. Drummer Andreas Skamby sets up a pillow of sound using mallets, bassist Jens ...

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Jakob Buchanan: Requiem

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One of the defining characteristics of mankind is the awareness of death as a part of the human condition. We all know that we are going to die. This awareness has been an inspiration to many artists and it could be said that art itself is a way of coming to terms with death. This is ...

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Christian Vuust & Aaron Parks: Storytelling

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"You're technically hip. But what is your story?" This quote from the famous saxophonist and storyteller Lester Young is used in the Danish saxophonist Christian Vuust's introduction to his album Storytelling. The context of the quote is Lester Young teaching a group of young musicians the importance of being able to tell a story with music. ...

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Jakob Bro, Lee Konitz, Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan at Musikhuset Aarhus

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Jakob Bro, Lee Konitz, Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan
Musikhuset Aarhus
Aarhus, Denmark
May 9, 2015

Great music gives great expectations. When it was announced that Danish guitarist Jakob Bro was going on tour with the core of players responsible for the musical magic on his trilogy: Balladeering (Loveland Records, ...

Blood, Sweat, Drum + Bass: In the Spirit of...

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The 25-30 piece Danish big band Blood Sweat Drums + Bass isn't your typical big band. The juggernaut steered by Jens Christian “Chappe" Jensen meshes traditional jazz sections of trumpet, saxophone and trombone with electronics and electric guitar, and has incorporated DJs and rappers on occasion. And, as the name intimates, a pulsating rhythm section comprising ...

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Ambient Jazz: Pauseland & Jakob Sørensen

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In a world that is fast-paced and in constant movement, contemplation has become an increasingly important value. However, it is a value that it is sometimes hard to achieve. A possibility is to listen to music that invites it. The albums from Danish jazz group Pauseland and trumpeter Jakob Sørensen both offer room for introspection and ...

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Søren Bebe / Jakob Buchanan / Kasper Tagel: Gone

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It would be good if more non-jazzers under the age of 90 could also appreciate how little hardship there is in being totally absorbed by original music from a group like BeBuTa. Gone , from pianist Søren Bebe's trio plus guests is a real swell of reactions and contemplations that makes life feel a little less ...

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Blood, Sweat, Drum + Bass with Palle Mikkelborg & David Liebman: In the Spirit of...

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It is not long ago that a lush six-CD box set called A Good Time Was Had By All (Storyville, 2014) was released to celebrate the 50th birthday of The Danish Radio Big Band. The Danish Radio Big Band is indeed an institution in Danish jazz and so much so that it sometimes overshadows two of ...